Ministry

An Introduction to the Foundations of Lutheran Education

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$25.99
Describes the distinctive Lutheran aspects of parochial schools and the teaching ministry with emphasis on history, philosophy and theology.
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9780570042860
Publication Date: 
2005-01-01
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Concordia Publishing House

Authentic Youth Mininstry

Authentic Youth Mininstry
$14.99
This book equips church workers and volunteers in smaller, often ignored churches with its relatable humility and unique understanding of real-life work in smaller churches. As an essential training manual for every leader, this how-to guide can be shared by church workers with those working with children and youth, giving them the confidence they need to enhance their work.
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9780758652652
Publication Date: 
2016-05-05
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Concordia Publishing House

Christ Have Mercy: How to Put Your Faith in Action

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$16.99
Through Scripture study, real-life experiences, and the writings of Lutheran Church Fathers, Christ Have Mercy urges Christians to consider the innumerable opportunities we have to show mercyto fellow Christians and to anyone God places in our path. Includes Study Guide
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9780758615015
Publication Date: 
2008-06-01
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Concordia Publishing House

Church Leadership: Vision, Team, Culture, and Integrity (Revised)

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$18.99

Much has changed since the first edition of Lovett Weems's seminal work Church Leadership appeared in 1993. In that time a substantial literature about leading the congregation has appeared, written from a broad variety of perspectives. But in some ways, little has changed in that time. The need for leadership in the church--defined as discovering the faithful future into which God is calling the congregation, and walking with the congregation into that future--is just as pressing as it ever was. And for that reason, the need for clear, insightful thinking about leadership is just as great as it ever was.

In this revised edition, Weems draws on the best new ideas and research in organizational leadership, yet always with his trademark theological grounding foremost in mind. Anyone who guides the life of a congregation, be they clergy or laity, will find Church Leadership the indispensable tool with which to follow their calling to be a church leader.
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9781426703027
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2010-02-01
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Abingdon Press

Complete Guide to Sermon Delivery

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$26.99
Chapter one establishes a seven-fold approach-the Disciplers' Model-to Christian teaching. This model was developed in response to a question that would not let the author go-'How should I teach so that my learners will grow in the Lord?'
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9780805412406
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1996-07-01
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B&H Publishing Group

Discerning Your Call to Ministry: How to Know for Sure and What to Do about It

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$12.99

If you are considering the ministry, there are two mistakes you must avoid. The first is taking up a calling that isn t yours. The second is neglecting one that is.
Discerning Your Call to Ministry will help you know the difference. A tool for seminary students, pastors-in-training, and even current pastors, it serves to confirm or prompt deep thought about the calling to ministry through 10 probing questions, including:

  • Do you desire the ministry?
  • Does your church affirm your calling?
  • Do you love the people of God?
  • Are you willing to surrender?
  • Pastoral dropout rates are high, and seminary admission rates are declining signs that many of us don t quite know what we re signing ourselves up for. Author Jason Allen, a former pastor and the president of North America s fastest growing seminary, gives readers a better picture of the calling. Presenting a series of diagnostic questions informed by Scripture, church history, and his own experience, he helps those seeking ordination or ministry positions make confident decisions about their service to God, one way or the other.

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    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780802414663
    Publication Date: 
    2016-09-01
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    Moody Publishers

    Dying to Live: The Power of Forgiveness

    Dying to Live: The Power of Forgiveness
    $16.99
    A detailed description of God's actions to form Christians in Christ's image through Word and Sacraments.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780570046448
    Publication Date: 
    2002-11-01
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    Concordia Publishing House

    Eutychus Youth: Applied Theology for Youth Ministry in the 21st Century

    Eutychus Youth: Applied Theology for Youth Ministry in the 21st Century
    $20.99
    This book examines what Lutheran theology adds to the whole field of youth ministry that isn't found elsewhere. It begins with an introduction to Eutychus, who is a paradigm of adolescent development.
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    9780758625694
    Publication Date: 
    2010-07-02
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    Concordia Publishing House

    Feasting in a Famine of the Word

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    $38.00
    The Lord warns of a ""famine . . . of hearing the word of the Lord"" (Amos 8:11). Has this warning come to pass in our day? There is no shortage of preachers, but how often do they miss the mark in actually delivering the word of God to their hearers, leaving them hungry? The authors of these essays seek to equip preachers with resources to offer their hearers a rich feast from the word of the Lord. Writing from a Lutheran perspective, contributors from across the globe provide a fresh approach to preaching. These authors represent seasoned pastors and professors as well as young scholars. All are actively preaching and teaching God's word on a regular basis. This book covers a wide range of topics relating to preaching--from the scriptural background and hermeneutical issues to historical examples of notable preachers, and also practical guides to crafting and delivering a sermon. These essays will assist preachers in proclaiming God's word in a manner that provides a feast for those living in a famine-stricken world. ""It's no secret that preaching has fallen on hard times in our day. But help is on the way. In this book preachers will be both challenged and equipped for a task humanly impossible: to faithfully proclaim glad tidings in a world of hurt and despair. Woven like a golden thread throughout is the distinctly Lutheran conviction that the Word of God is living and active to both kill and make alive in Christ Jesus."" --Harold L. Senkbeil, Executive Director for Spiritual Care, Doxology: The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care and Counsel Mark W. Birkholz is Pastor of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oak Lawn, Illinois. Jacob Corzine is Campus Minister at the University of Pretoria in Pretoria, South Africa. Jonathan Mumme is Assistant Professor of Theology at Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon, Wisconsin.
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    9781498203166
    Publication Date: 
    2016-02-16
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    Pickwick Publications

    Finding Your Way in Seminary

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    $22.00

    Those considering seminary, those in seminary, and those preparing to graduate from seminary need help. They need help discerning their call, moving into the bewildering world of theological study, and balancing the competing claims of school, work, and family. This book proposes to offer that help, and more, because the seminary experience is evolving more rapidly than at any time in its history.

    This book is an ideal textbook for introductory seminary or spiritual formation courses that the majority of seminaries now require of first-year students. The three sections of this book provide information and guidance to those who are discerning a call to ministry and considering theological education; introduces new seminarians to thinking theologically, forming supportive relationships, integrating what they are learning in school with their spiritual lives, and practical guidance on such matters is serving a local congregation while one is in seminary; and offers advice on negotiating the ordination process in different denominational traditions and making the transition from study to full-time ministry.

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    9780664259501
    Publication Date: 
    2016-09-22
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    Westminster John Knox Press

    God with Us: Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany Sermons

    God with Us: Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany Sermons
    $20.00
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    9781934328118
    Publication Date: 
    2014-09-14
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    Handling the Word of Truth Revised Ed.

    Handling the Word of Truth Revised Ed.
    $14.99
    This book draws on C. F. W. Walthers Law and Gospel theses to present and apply these foundational truths to contemporary Christian faith and living.
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    9780758648952
    Publication Date: 
    2015-07-01
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    Concordia Publishing House

    Help! I'm a Pastor: A Guide to Parish Ministry

    Help!  I'm a Pastor: A Guide to Parish Ministry
    $25.00

    Richard Armstrong and Kirk Morledge present this practical guide for pastoral ministry, offering counsel about a wide range of topics related to a pastor's professional ministry and personal life. Topics include beginning a new ministry, balancing one's personal life and ministry, wrestling with conflict, worrying about church finances, and preaching. This introduction to ministry can function as a textbook as well as an invaluable handbook or desk reference for pastors in the midst of congregational ministry.

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    9780664228958
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    Homiletical Plot : The Sermon as Narrative Art Form

    Homiletical Plot : The Sermon as Narrative Art Form
    $22.00

    Now in reissue with a new foreword by Fred B. Craddock and afterword by the author, Eugene L. Lowry, The Homiletical Plot, Expanded Edition follows in the same solid tradition of its predecessor. Upon its release, The Homiletical Plot quickly became a pivotal work on the art of preaching. Instead of comments on a biblical passage, Lowry suggested that the sermon follow a narrative form that moves from beginning to end, as with the plot of a story. This expanded edition continues to be an excellent teaching resource and learning tool for all preachers from introductory students to seasoned clergy.

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    9780664222642
    Publication Date: 
    2000-12-01
    Publisher: 
    Westminster John Knox Press

    How to Break Growth Barriers: Revise Your Role, Release Your People, and Capture Overlooked Opportunities for Your Church (Updated)

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    $19.99
    Some churches grow rapidly, only to hit a ceiling. Other churches have experienced declining or static attendance--many of them for decades. Frustrated pastors and church leaders want growth methods that work, but without adding to pastoral fatigue.
    How to Break Growth Barriers argues that growth comes when effective leadership and lay-empowerment skills work hand in hand. This requires a shift of focus from the shepherd as the primary caregiver to shepherd as developer and coach of many caregivers. The authors show pastors how to communicate a vision for the future and then how to lead the congregation into the paradigms necessary for potentially limitless growth.
    The strategies found in this book are not only tried and true, and taken from a biblical perspective of a -harvest- vision. They're also newly updated to reflect our changing culture, including helpful charts and checklists for self-evaluation.
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    9780801092466
    Publication Date: 
    2017-04-04
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    Baker Books

    How to Keep Your Church Out of Court

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    $7.99
    Addresses the need for development and maintenance of physically and legally safe church premises. Includes personnel issues.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780758600646
    Publication Date: 
    2002-07-01
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    Concordia Publishing House

    Idea and Practice of a Christian University: A Lutheran Approach

    Idea and Practice of a Christian University: A Lutheran Approach
    $39.99
    A holistic vision of Christian higher education from academics to athletics, regents to students. It offers a biblical, Lutheran vision rooted in the interaction of faith and learning and oriented toward the cultivation of wisdom and vocation for freedom and service to society, nature, and the Church. Discussion questions are included at the end of each chapter.
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    9780758650405
    Publication Date: 
    2015-06-02
    Publisher: 
    Concordia Publishing House

    Justification is for Preaching

    Justification is for Preaching
    $34.00
    Description: Although preachers often question their effectiveness, no task of the church is more important than proclamation. Only the gospel liberates sinners from guilt, despair, and death and grants them freedom, hope, and new life. Few have grasped this truth better than Martin Luther. This volume features contributions by contemporary theologians whose work is shaped by Luther's conviction that God's justification of the ungodly comes through preaching: Gerhard Forde, Oswald Bayer, and their students and friends. Taken from the pages of Lutheran Quarterly, these essays in historical and theological perspective bring the doctrine of justification to bear on contemporary preaching. For Luther, the whole creation has its life out of God's "pure, fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness of ours at all!" Luther's insight to center creation around God's justifying work accents the cosmic scope of the doctrine. Justification is at the core of God's creative and saving activity with respect to all that has been, is, and will be. God's justification of the ungodly is the heart of all Christian theology and mission, and inescapably shapes the character of both. Preaching Christ as the justifier of sinners, in contrast to the accusing directives of the law, does nothing other than establish God's deity over and for the world, and brings an end to sinners' own self-deifying quests, re-creating them as fully human, fully free. Theologians and preachers gain their compass, purpose, and courage from this truth. Endorsements: "Justification Is for Preaching is refreshingly radical . . . because it goes to the root of God's own design for preaching, the bestowal of a promise that creates faith in Christ Jesus. Preaching is not about transformation of character or political advocacy but God's own declaration of righteousness for the ungodly. In essays from both sides of the Atlantic, theologians in the tradition of Luther carry out his approach to the renewal of the church, that is, . . . the preaching of Christ crucified. Seminarians as well as seasoned preachers will be invigorated and challenged by . . . this fine book." --John T. Pless Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry & Missions / Director of Field Education Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana "Good preaching is dependent on good theology. Central to effective proclamation of the Christian faith is the proper understanding of God's fashioning of the relationship between himself and his human creatures. Thompson has assembled fourteen essays by eight leading Lutheran theologians from the US and Germany who give preachers a host of insights into how to deliver Scripture's central message of the restoration of sinners to a right relationship with God." --Robert Kolb Professor of Systematic Theology Emeritus Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, Missouri About the Contributor(s): Virgil Thompson currently teaches the New Testament at Gonzaga University. Previously he served as pastor to congregations of the Lutheran Church for over thirty years. For the past twenty-five years he has served as Managing Editor of Lutheran Quarterly.
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    9781610974097
    Publication Date: 
    2012-02-09
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    Pickwick Publications

    Living Word

    Living Word
    $26.00
    The teaching of Dr Gustaf Wingren,Professor at the University of Lund, is beginning to dominate the theological scene in Sweden. Through previously translated books it is also beginning to make its mark in the English-speaking world. This is the translation of Dr Wingrcn's most important book to date-a systematic and profoundly argued treatment of the major themes in Christian theology in relation to the contemporary preacher's proclamation of the living Word of God in the Church.
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    9781579109424
    Publication Date: 
    2002-03-31
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    Wipf & Stock Publishers

    Lutheran Education: From Wittenberg to the Future

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    $42.99
    The liberal arts model has traditionally been preferred in Lutheran elementary classrooms. No other educational paradigm so well meets the requirements of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. There is no reason that the liberal arts cannot be adapted to meet contemporary needs. The question is, what should be the main focus of a contemporary presentation of the arts?

    Thomas Korcok demonstrates how the Wittenberg theologians settled on a liberal arts education as the preferred model for Evangelical Christian elementary schools. He then traces how that model persisted and was adapted as Lutherans moved from Europe to North America. Korcok concludes that the liberal arts model fits our contemporary setting as changes in society today make it ever more important to have an elementary education that is compatible with Evangelical Theology.

    The book includes:
    Historic exploration of educational models in view of theological truths
    The challenge of influences that push educators either to the Word as objective truth or away from the Word toward secular standards of truth
    A definition of an Evangelical Liberal Arts approach, its flexibility, and how it fits into classrooms today
    Extensive references to educational, historical, and theological literature
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780758628343
    Publication Date: 
    2011-07-15
    Publisher: 
    Concordia Publishing

    Lutheran Primer for Preaching: A Theological Approach to Sermon Writing

    Lutheran Primer for Preaching: A Theological Approach to Sermon Writing
    $12.99
    An aide in assisting Pastors in understanding the theology behind the act of preaching, and provides students the forum to discuss some of the necessities that should be considered in sermon writing.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780758651495
    Publication Date: 
    2015-04-30
    Publisher: 
    Concordia Publishing House

    Martin Luther Preacher of the Cross

    Martin Luther Preacher of the Cross
    $26.99
    Martin Luther was not only a theologian but a pastor engaged in the care of souls. This resource provides evidence for Luther's application of his evangelical theology to consciences burdened with sin, haunted by death, and afflicted by the devil.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780758611130
    Publication Date: 
    2013-10-01
    Publisher: 
    Concordia Publishing House

    Minister as Moral Theologian: Ethical Dimensions of Pastoral Leadership

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    $21.99
    The practice of ministry requires pastors and Christian leaders to serve as moral theologians in their communities. Ministers must preach about morally challenging texts, teach about moral issues and conflicts, offer moral counsel, and serve as an example regarding the shape of faithful Christian life. Grounding pastoral ethics in spiritual formation and spiritual disciplines, this book provides tools for facing the day-to-day demands and seizing the opportunities of being a moral teacher. An essential text for practical ministry courses.
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    9780801097843
    Publication Date: 
    2017-05-16
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    Baker Academic

    Natural Law: A Lutheran Reappraisal

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    $25.99
    Do human beings share a common morality? Natural Law: A Lutheran Reappraisal presents engaging essays from contemporary Lutheran scholars, teachers, and pastors, each offering a fresh reappraisal of natural law within the context of historic Lutheran teaching and practice. Thought provoking questions following each essay will help readers apply key Bible texts associated with natural law to their daily lives.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780758627339
    Publication Date: 
    2010-12-24
    Publisher: 
    Concordia Publishing House

    Next: Pastoral Succession that Works

    Next: Pastoral Succession that Works
    $16.99
    Every church and ministry goes through changes in leadership, and the issue is far bigger than the wave of pastors from the Baby Boomer generation who are moving toward retirement. When a pastor leaves a church, ministries are disrupted and members drift away. If the church is already struggling, it can find itself suddenly in very dire straits indeed. But the outcome doesn't have to be that way.
    What if when a pastor moved on, the church knew exactly what to do to find a suitable replacement because a plan and a process had been in place for some time? While there is no simple, one-size-fits-all solution to the puzzle of planning for a seamless pastoral succession, Next offers church leaders and pastors a guide to asking the right questions in order to plan for the future. Vanderbloemen, founder of a leading pastoral search firm, and Bird, an award-winning writer and researcher, share insider stories of succession successes and failures in dozens of churches, including some of the nation's most influential. Through case studies, interviews, and real-time research, the authors demystify successful pastoral succession and help readers prepare for an even brighter future for their ministries.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780801005718
    Publication Date: 
    2015-10-01
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    Baker Books